MATCHROOMS SUMMERTIME BRAWL – JULY 1ST
By Kieran Hebdan
Frank Buglioni makes first defence of British light heavyweight title at the 02 Arena.
British Boxing is back in action at the 02 Arena this Saturday with a card packed with a wealth of young British talent.
Buglioni 28, overcame Hosea Burton in a stunning fight back in December last year to claim the British title. After originally due to face Ricky Summers in march, frank is looking to put in an impressive performance after given the opportunity to headline on home turf.
“I felt sick with the injury at the time but I’m raring to go now,” said Buglioni. “I saw the surgeon and he said that my skin is fine and that I’m not susceptible to cuts, so that’s a positive for me”
“I live in the gym, always keeping sharp and fit, so it was a setback but I’m on track and I’m thrilled to be topping the bill at The O2.”
Ricky Summers 29, is aware of the task at hand accepting he is deemed a huge underdog in the fight but plans on causing a major upset in the British champions hometown.
“I am a massive underdog in this fight no matter how you look at it. Buglioni has fought at world level and he is British champion. He is the heavy favourite but that means I have no pressure and nothing to lose.”
Also on the card is the much anticipated professional debut of rio 2016 bronze medalist Joshua Buatsi and the return of Conor Benn after a lengthy layoff due to an injury picked up in training earlier this year.
Lawrence Okolie will be looking to make an impression on Saturday night with domestic rival Issac Chamberlain on the card also in what will make for two explosive cruiserweight contests.